December 2020 – Weekend


A Highland Weekend getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

Thursday 17  to Monday 21 December 2020

*** This tour is now full*** 

The magnificent Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey

Join Birding Ecosse for a long  weekend at the luxurious Grant Arms Hotel situated in Grantown on Spey, deep in the Scottish Highlands


Arriving on Thursday afternoon why not treat yourself to a couple of “local brews” in the hotels stunning Capercaillie bar, prior to you enjoying your evening meal in the beautiful dining room.


Spot the birds!  Turnstones hiding!

Today we start off on the beautiful Moray Firth. Pick up at 0800 in the hotels reception and return will be around 1600.  Taking in habitats such as River Estuary, Ancient Woodlands and Open Sea we look forward to starting your long weekend with a bumper selection of Species, from Seaducks, Divers, White Winged Gulls and a myriad of Waders

Target Birds for the day: Common and Velvet Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Turnstones and Purple Sandpiper.


A magnificent Golden Eagle, one of todays target birds.
It is up with the lark today as we set off after breakfast (meet in reception at 0800) for a visit to our local Black grouse Lek, witness the stunning males strut their stuff in the hopes of attracting a mate for the upcoming breeding season.  A trip over the moors should net us our second Grouse of the day, this time Red Grouse and a stop off at a local Lochan should produce a whole gamut of  wildfowl, finally we head to the hills in search of the iconic Golden Eagle.  A magical day in the field.
Target Birds for the day: Black and Red Grouse, Golden and White tailed Eagles.


A stunning Red Kite.

After breakfast we head North over the Kessock bridge, (pick up in reception at 0800) and work our way along a beautiful stretch of coastal roads in search of Wintering Thrush Flocks and Wildfowl on the estuarine marsh edges. Then it is on to the mystical Black Isle with target birds such as Divers, Ducks (in particular Scaups by the hundred’s) and Waders. We then visit one of the best hides in the area to watch skeins of Geese flight in for their evening roost. A lovely day out in a truly beautiful part of Scotland.

Target birds for the day: Slavonian Grebe, Scaup, Divers and Red Kites


Give yourself a treat!  Enjoy a long lie before you head down for your last breakfast at the Grant Arms. Sit back and enjoy the memories of the past three full days birding in the glorious Scottish Highlands, and start planning your next trip North!

***All this for only £595 per person!***

So what is included?:

Full board at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey.

Delicious packed Lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Tea/Coffee morning and afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

All transport on outings

All guiding fees.

Use of binoculars if required.

Whats not included:

Drinks at hotel

Personal insurance

Items of a personal nature

No deposit required, however the full amount of your weekend must be paid at least four weeks prior to start date (preferably by bank transfer)

Interested?  Then please feel free to contact Birding Ecosse for more information or to book your place.

Please note, spaces are very limited so book early to avoid disappointment